Fall Writing Workshop Series

Co-presented by Bindlestiff Studio

Sunday, October 7 - Brown Fragility: Letters and Lessons from Hawai’i Nei with Joël Barraquiel Tan
Saturday, October 13 - Performance/Writing workshop with Giovanni Ortega

All classes are $15-$25 sliding scale
To register: bit.ly/kulartswriting

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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Brown Fragility: Letters and Lessons from Hawai'i Nei

Time: 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Bayanihan Community Center: 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103
Price: Sliding scale $15-25

Workshop Description:

Our future, if we are to have one, depends on reconnecting to values, practices, and knowledge of our ancestors. How can storytellers and creative makers decolonize and reindigenize amidst today’s chaos? Join us for this all-levels half-day arts experience with writing and drawing prompts inspired by themes from Joël Barraquiel Tan’s forthcoming essay collection “Brown Fragility: Letters and Lessons from Hawai’i Nei.

About Joël Barraquiel Tan:

Joël Barraquiel Tan was born in Manila in 1968. He is the award-winning author of “Type O Negative” (Red Hen) along with two previous books of poetry in addition to editing three anthologies of erotica. His various award-winning critical essays, fiction, verse, & other writings on identity, AIDS, & queer politics appear in various academic and commercial venues.  Joël currently lives in Moku O Keawe (island of Hawai'i) with his husband and dog, Ma-yi.

Mauro Tumbocon, Jr.

Mauro Tumbocon, Jr.

Janice Lobo Sapigao

Janice Lobo Sapigao

Panel Discussion: Using Philippine Languages in Creative Work

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Description: Join artists across different disciplines who use Philippine Languages in storytelling and creative work. What considerations are taken in using Philippine Language responsibly? From best practices in language, slang, and accent distinctions in class, region, and era, to how different artists use language as a narrative tool.


  • Janice Lobo Sapigao, Poet, Writer & Educator

  • Mauro Tumbocon, Jr., Writer, Founder and Director of FACINE Film Festival


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Sino Ba Ako? Who Am I?

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bindlestiff Studio,
6th and Howard
Price: Sliding scale $15-25

Workshop Description: The Immigrant experience spans from one generation to another thus bringing with them characteristics from the country of origin but continuing an assimilative process and socialization in the current homeland. This workshop is an interactive conversation amongst community members and participants from all ages to share their cuentos/kwentos on how they navigate both cultures with ease but also discomfort. Growing up in a country where one is considered a majority has a different effect on others who were raised in a society where they were considered a minority.

About Giovanni Ortega:

Giovanni Ortega is a director, performer, author and playwright. He is a core member of Theatre Without Borders, and was recently the keynote presenter for the National Poetry Festival Singapore. Giovanni has worked with Australian theatre and community organizations as a resident scholar with Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival and artist-in-residence with Philippine-Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation Central. He created “Creation of My Body, Words of My Body” at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity as creative research exploring misconceptions of race, gender, and bi-racial identity with women in Singapore. Giovanni presented “ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan” with the Center Theatre Group and Artists at Play in Los Angeles, and wrote “Criers for Hire”, the highest grossing world premiere play for East West Players. Giovanni’s 2nd book Ang Gitano was recently published by Carayan Press.

For more info: www.giovanniortega.com